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16-18 year olds must have proper access to training, employment and education – Sinn Fein

17 November, 2008


Sinn Féin will tomorrow (Tuesday 18th) table a motion in the Assembly calling on the Minister of Employment and Learning to outline his strategy to ensure more 16-19 year olds take up education, employment or training opportunities.

The motion reads,

"That this Assembly expresses its concerns at the number of 16-19 year olds who are not in education, employment or training; and calls on the Minister for Employment and Learning to outline his actions to address this situation."

Speaking on the issue DEL Committee chairperson Sue Ramsey MLA said,

"it is a deep issue of concern for people across the Six Counties that many thousands of young people are not in employment, accessing government training schemes or in full time education.

"This is an issue that must be addressed by the Minister and I look forward to hearing what proposals his department will be implementing to help tackle this issue head on for the benefit of those many young people who want and need assistance, whether it be educational, training or indeed employment."

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